Irania Santaliz Moreno
My name is Irania and I am from Rincón, Puerto Rico. My undergraduate degree in Psychology is from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. I joined the OGR program because I want to pursue a career in Genetics and Genetic Counseling as it is my passion. My goal is to achieve a translational approach between research and clinical counseling.
Currently I am part of the Brody Lab in where we study a rare genetic disease known as Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). This is a commonly autosomal recessive disease that impairs motile cilia. PCD can occur in different organs but we are focusing on disease in the lungs. My project has to do specifically with how motor proteins are assembled for cilia beating.